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One Another


ONE ANOTHER

This is what Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton should be doing to one another to gain our respect. This is also a guide for how we all should act towards one another.

Teach and counsel one another:
He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me. – Colossians 1:28-29

Instruct one another:
I myself am convinced, my brothers and sisters, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with knowledge and competent to instruct one another. – Romans 15:14

Carry each other’s burdens:
Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. – Galatians 6:2

Love one another:
This is my command: Love each other. – John 15:17

Confess to one another:
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. – James 5:16

Pray for one another:
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. – James 5:16

Live in peace with one another:
Live in peace with each other. – 1 Thessalonians 5:13b

Do what is good for one another:
Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else. – 1 Thessalonians 5:15

Encourage one another:
But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. – Hebrews 3:13

Spur one another on towards love and good deeds:
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, – Hebrews 10:24

Be kind and compassionate to one another:
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. –  Ephesians 4:32

Forgive one another:
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. –  Ephesians 4:32

Submit to one another:
Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.  – Ephesians 5:21

Accept one another:
Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. – Romans 15:7

Friends and family should follow these “”one another” scriptures!

Friends pray for each other.
Friends confide in one another.
Friends empathize with each other.
Friends help one another.
Friends do not gossip about each other. (Gossip separates the best of friends – Proverbs 16:28b)
Friends are sincere and loyal to one another.
Friends trust each other. (An honest answer is the sign of true friendship – Proverbs
24:26)
Friends enjoy time with one another.
Friends accept each other’s weaknesses and imperfections.
Friends are good medicine.
Friends enrich our lives.
Friends celebrate good times and support in difficult times.
Friends prevent loneliness.
Friends are quick to ask for forgiveness, and ready to be forgiving.

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! – Philippians 2:5-8

Can you imagine a world where we all abide by these scripture verses?

The Love And Forgiveness Equations


“I’ll get even”
”She will be sorry”
”No one does this to me and gets away with it”
”I will never speak to him again”
”Vengeance is mine”

People who say these things do not really know Jesus or the reasons behind his death.

Colossians 3:12-14 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Love = Compassion + Kindness + Humility + Gentleness + Patience + Forgivness = Perfect Unity!

Ephesians 4:31-32 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Love = Compassion + Kindness + Humility + Gentleness + Patience + Forgiveness – Bitterness – Rage – Anger – Brawling – Slander – Malice = Perfect Unity!

He Is Changing Us


We are Christians
We bear His likeness
He is changing us day by day…

God cares …
… for the careless, 
making them careful.  
Care destroys carelessness.
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. – 1 Peter 5:7

God gives hope …
… hope for the hopeless, 
making His children hopeful.
Hope destroys hopelessness.
Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. – Psalm 62:5

God gives us rest …
… for the restless, 
allowing us to be restful.
Rest destroys restlessness.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. – Matthew 11:28

God gives power …
… to the powerless, 
making them powerful.
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. – Ephesians 1:18-21

God shows Mercy …
.. for the merciless, making them merciful.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. – Matthew 5:7

And He gives grace …
… to the graceless, making them graceful.
Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, – Ephesians 3:2

He minds …
… the mindless, making them mindful.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. – Romans 12:2

He helps …
… the helpless, making then helpful.
My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. – Psalm 121:2

You Look Different


Hi there!

You, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you.
 
Let that thought sink in for a moment. The Spirit of God lives in you and you are not in the realm of the flesh.

If anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. 

All believers, including you, have this Spirit inside, a Spirit of Christ.

If Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. 

Christ is in you, the Spirit of God is in you, can you feel it?

If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.

The same power that raised Jesus from the dead lives in you.

You just read Romans 8:9-11 as it relates to you. You are a work in progress continuously being transformed into God’s image.

God sees you with His big beautiful redemptive eyes.
God looks real good on and inside you.
You do look different today.
Feel good about yourself.
Take heart.

The Promise


The Promise

You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the Lord your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed. – Joshua 23:14

M: Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” – Luke 18:27
C: We believe that God can do the impossible.

M: Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. – Joshua 1:9
C:  I do believe in the promise that God is always with me.

M: Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. – 1 Peter 5:7
C: We believe in the promise that God deeply cares for us.

M: If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. – John 15:7
C: I believe in the promise of answered prayers.

M: Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus – Romans 8:1
C: We believe in this promise that there is redemption for us.

M: In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. – Romans 8:26
C: I believe in the promise that the Holy Spirit intercedes on my behalf.

M: I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. – Ezekiel 36:26
C: We believe that God can soften stone cold hearts.

M: No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. – 1 Corinthians 10:13
C: I believe this two fold promise – God will not tempt me beyond beyond my strength and He will provide the means for me to endure it.

M: Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. – John 14:27
C: We believe in the promise that only God can give is peace.

M: And this is what he promised us—eternal life. – 1 John 2:25
C: I believe in the promise of eternal life. Amen.

The Question that Never Goes Away


I enjoyed Philip Yancy’s book titled “Where is God When it Hurts?” There is actually a sequel to this book titled “The Question that Never Goes Away.” Of course the question that he is talking about is the subject of the first book.

I read this second book with great interest because he spends a few chapters dealing with the Newton, CT shootings which occurred in my home state. Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the second book:

“Affliction is the best book in my library” – Martin Luther

Why do we continue to think that good and evil, pain and pleasure are doled out according to our merit, when the Book of Job teaches just the opposite?

I kept thinking of the verse in First John: ‘the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.’

The wealth of lament and protest in the Old Testament makes clear that we cannot count on God to intercede directly in human history, no matter how monstrous the injustice.

“I will fear no evil, for you are with me. . . .” God has come close. Those few words, “you are with me,” reveal the one thing we can count on in calamitous times.

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us,” wrote John in the prologue to his Gospel. In the face of suffering, words do not suffice. We need something more: the Word made flesh, actual living proof that God has not abandoned us. As Dietrich Bonhoeffer put it, “Only a suffering God can help.”

The Word became flesh and blood and moved into the neighborhood.

From Jesus I learn that God is on the side of the sufferer. God entered the drama of human history as one of its characters, not with a display of omnipotence but in a most intimate and vulnerable way.

We go through suffering not alone, but with God at our side.

Christ’s suffering shatters the iron walls around individual human suffering,

God can make good use of suffering itself: “There is no pain, no suffering, no frustration, no disappointment that cannot be cured or taken up and used for higher ends.”

Jesus said he could have called on legions of angels to prevent the crucifixion. He did not. The redemptive way goes through pain, not around it.

To redeem a planet, Someone must die.

This is not the worst thing to ever happen! Cancer is so limited. It cannot cripple love, shatter hope, corrode faith, eat away peace, destroy confidence, kill friendship, shut out memories, silence courage, quench the Spirit or lessen the power of Jesus.

May God’s love spill out into your lives in unexpected ways

Life is on loan, and will return to the Lender.

Jesus did not eliminate evil; he revealed a God willing, at immense cost, to forgive it and to heal its damage.

Where is God when it hurts? God is now in the church, God’s delegated presence on earth.

One commentator worried that Newtown had forever “spoiled” Christmas, as Virginia Tech and Columbine had spoiled Easter. Perhaps—but only if you celebrate them merely as holidays rather than as real events.

Christianity doesn’t in any way lessen suffering. What it does is enable you to take it, to face it, to work through it, and eventually to convert it.

From Jesus I learn that God is on the side of the sufferer. God entered the drama of human history as one of its characters, not with a display of omnipotence but in a most intimate and vulnerable way

And my favorite quote from the book, when Philip Yancy was asked by a mother – “Will God protect my child”:

“No, I’m sorry, I can’t promise that.” None of us are exempt. We all die, some old, some tragically young. God provides support and solidarity, yes, but not protection—at least not the kind of protection we desperately long for. On this cursed planet, even God suffered the loss of a Son.”

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Unio Mystico!


In a recent bible class we studied the concept of “Mystic Union”, a topic that I found to be most interesting and useful.

The passage that first appealed to me was Mt 10:19b-20 that states:

At that time you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

To me, this passage instills confidence, especially when I stand in front of the church and give a children’s message.  Imagine, the Spirit of the Father is speaking through me!”  The same of course also holds true for our Sunday school teachers and really anytime that you as a believer confess and speak your faith.

Another verse that reinforces this idea is Romans 8:9-11:

You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.

And how about this beauty right from the mouth of Jesus:

Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.” – John 14:23

And here is Jesus praying for all believers, which of course includes you:

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.  – John 17:20-23

But it’s not only Jesus praying for you.  Here is Paul as well:

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. – Ephesians 3:16-17

So here’s our role in this mystic union:

Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.  – John 15:4-5

United we stand:
But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit. – 1 Corinthians 6:17

Did you catch all those spiritual gems?

  • You, dear reader, are in the realm of the Spirit
  • The Spirit of God lives in you
  • The Spirit of the Father speaks through you
  • Christ is in you
  • You are in Jesus
  • Jesus and the Father have made their home with you
  • You are strengthened by the Spirit within you
  • Christ dwells in your heart through faith
  • You are one with Jesus in spirit
  • Christ lives in you

Our Pastor’s closing remarks on this subject:

So when you share in the divine nature, you…

  • Are bonded with God
  • Have regained a part of His holy image
  • Love what He loves
  • Hate what He hates
  • Share in His work
  • Approve of His judgements

Honestly I sat in wonder as I absorbed all of this in bible class.  I pray that these scriptures have been uplifting and enlightening to you as well my dear brothers and sisters who are one with Christ, one with the Father and one with the Spirit who all reside in you in a mystical union.